The cowards who killed at least 150 unarmed innocents in Paris this evening have provoked the French nation, perhaps beyond endurance. America’s Defense Secretary Ash Carter called the killings “an assault on our common human dignity.”Here.
French President Francois Hollande, who appeared grave and saddened as he first spoke of the attacks, later went to the Bataclan concert hall where at least 100 were murdered and made this stark and grim declaration:
“To all those who have seen these awful things, I want to say we are going to lead a war which will be pitiless. Because when terrorists are capable of committing such atrocities they must be certain that they are facing a determined France, a united France, a France that is together and does not let itself be moved, even if today we express infinite sorrow.”
1. Woke up early to watch the news coverage of this event. The president talks about "default" language after a gun violence? You should check out the default language after a terrorist attack!
(a) The above extends not only to the dry useless statements made by the politicians but includes govt officials of all stripes AND the news media. Exhibit number one is the opening line of this article. "Cowards"??? The attackers were anything but cowards. Remember! HATE YOUR ENEMY TO YOUR HEARTS DESIRE but respect them too. This was a well planned attack against vulnerable targets.
(b) It remains to be seen if the Hollande govt even survives till the end of this month. I'd bet that it doesn't.
2. How is the meme that climate change is the most important issue facing the world working out now?
3. This could turn into a pivot point. America and the rest of the West has been consumed by triviality. This COULD be an opportunity for people to focus on reality. Will we take it? I have my doubts. By the end of the weekend you will see people once again ate up by consumerism, the Kardashians etc....meanwhile the terrorists will be training,living in the dirt and plotting to kill us all. China will remain hungry and its citizens will be working to dominate the world. Our focus will be figuring out how much Turkey we can stuff into our mouths.
How our leadership reacts to this drama could decide the next half century. Either terrorism will be put into its cage by dramatically different thinking OR we will see this as simply a minor incident on the path to much more devastating actions by Islamic terrorist groups. Consider this. ISIS has 30,000 plus troops operating in the open desert and we can't destroy them after more than 3 years of war? Something is wrong and people can't even wrap their heads around that simple fact. Instead we believe the lie that this is a "generational" war.
Yep. The inability to focus on "what's real" will kill us all.